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States Falling In Line With REAL ID Reality

Posted By Conn Carroll On January 18, 2008 @ 11:56 am In Security | Comments Disabled

This week Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley followed in the footsteps of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer deciding to comply with REAL ID standards for drivers licenses, rejecting a plan [1] that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain an official state idenitifcation card. O’Malley said he did not want his state to become a haven for undocumented immigrants on the eastern seaboard:

We’d become an attraction to people who feel they can easily obtain a license through fraudulent means because they have one less thing to prove.

While there are some real concerns about the cost of compliance [2] with REAL ID, other concerns expressed by activists like the ACLU are overblown. The organic act and subsequent Department of Homeland Security do not create a national database, nor does it create a national ID card [3].

All but one of the September 11 attackers carried government IDs issued by states. Uniform driver’s license standards were a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and Congress should step up and support the plan by fully funding REAL ID implementation for FY 2009.

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[1] rejecting a plan: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/15/AR2008011503767.html?nav=hcmodule

[2] some real concerns about the cost of compliance: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/wm1773.cfm

[3] nor does it create a national ID card: http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0108/011608tdpm1.htm

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